President Obama’s approval ratings among his core constituencies of blacks and Hispanics has suddenly declined, according to Gallup, but it’s unclear why this has happened.
Though majorities of blacks (85%) and Hispanics (54%) continue to approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, his ratings among these groups slipped in March and have set or tied new lows. His approval rating among whites, at 39%, remains above where it was in the latter part of 2010.
Obama, elected to office with strong support from minority voters, has averaged better than 90% approval among blacks, and 65% among Hispanics, during his term.
Of course, the danger for the president is not that he’s going to lose either of these groups – certainly not African Americans – but that they won’t get to the polls for him in the numbers he needs to overcome his unpopularity among others.
This explains Obama’s trip last night to kiss the ring of huckster Al Sharpton – speaking in New York City before the Rev’s National Action Network. Or perhaps Obama showed up to collect the $1 million in back taxes owed by the NAN or the separate $1 million owed by Sharpton himself.
H/T to Andrew Malcolm’s Top of the Ticket, where I first noticed the poll.
Here’s a Gallup rundown of Obama’s approval ratings among various groups “based on aggregated data from Gallup Daily tracking in March, including more than 15,000 interviews with U.S. adults.”